Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Talks scheduled for Preah Vihear pullout

Talks scheduled for Preah Vihear pullout

Thailand and Cambodia are going back to work on the Preah Vihear issue, scheduling a meeting of the Joint Working Group for next week to discuss the withdrawal of troops from the Provisional Demilitarised Zone that surrounds the disputed 11th-century temple, officials said yesterday.

Koy Kuong, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that Thailand sent a letter to the Cambodian side, requesting an April 3 to 5 meeting in Bangkok to discuss the long-awaited troop withdrawal, which was ordered by the International Court of Justice on July 18.

“The Cambodian side wants to see the meeting happen soon so that they can implement the ICJ order,” Koy Kuong told the Post.

Cambodia and Thailand first held a General Border Committee meeting in Phnom Penh on December 21, which was chaired by the ministers of defence from both countries.

There, the two sides decided to form a joint working group to figure out details of the withdrawal from the 17.3 square kilometre-area surrounding the temple.       

The order from the ICJ for both countries’ troops to be withdrawn from the area was made following deadly border clashes near Preah Vihear in February 2011, which damaged parts of the UNESCO-listed temple.

According to Koy Kuong, Foreign Minister Hor Namhong on Monday sent a letter to his Indonesian counterpart, Marty Natalegawa, who was assigned by the ICJ to mediate the border issue between Cambodia and Thailand.

“Foreign Minister [Hor Namhong] has said that Cambodia is already prepared to sign the Terms of Reference [for troop withdrawal] at any time,” Koy Kuong said, adding that Hor Namhong also urged Natalegawa to push forward the signing agreement of the ToR as soon as possible.

To contact the reporter on this story: Cheang Sokha at cheang.sokha@phnompenhpost.com

0

Comments

Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

Setting up a drone for flight. Photo supplied

How Cambodia's first drone company is helping farmers

SM Waypoint claims its unmanned aerial vehicles can help local farm and plantation owners increase their yields.

New street food dish shakes things up at Russian Market

Though the bustling food stalls that emerge after dark next to Russian Market can seem intimidating to tourists at first glance, there are street food treats to be enjoyed by all.

Turkish Embassy calls for closure of Zaman schools

With an attempted coup against the government of President Recep Erdogan quashed only days ago and more than 7,000 alleged conspirators now under arrest, the Turkish ambassador to Cambodia yesterday pressed the govern